Friday, January 4, 2019

My 2019 Golden Globe Awards Predictions


The Golden Globes of 2019 is fast approaching. I thought it would be fun to let you know who I think will win and who I wish will win. I haven't seen all of the movies and tv shows, but I will predict from the trailers and critics. Even if you haven't seen all of the movies and tv shows it is still fun to see if you are predicting it right. 

To be honest, I haven't seen every movie in this category, but from what I have seen of them and what I have read from critics the film who has a very good chance of winning is Bohemian Rhapsody. 

What I would love to see win: I would love to see Bohemian Rhapsody or Black Panther.

A Star is Born was a good film but if it wasn't for Lady Gaga and her music it would have been very boring. 

I have not seen every movie in this category but I believe Mary Poppins Returns will win. I also could see Vice winning because everyone seems to be into politics. 
What I would love to see win is Mary Poppins Returns


I haven't seen all of these but I feel Lady Gaga will win for  A Star is Born. 
I am hoping Lady Gaga wins or Melissa McCarthy. 

I haven't seen every film in this category, but I believe Rami Malck will win for Bohemian Rhapsody. 
I would like to see Rami Malck win. 

I haven't seen all of these movies but I believe Emily Blunt will win for Mary Poppins Returns
I would like to see Emily Blunt Win. 

I haven't seen all of these movies but I believe Viggo Mortensen will win for Green Book
I want to see Lin-Manuel Miranda win for Mary Poppins Returns. 

I haven't seen all of these films but I think Emma Stone will win for The Favourite. 
I would like to see Emma Stone or Amy Adams win for this category. 

I haven't seen all of these films, but I believe Timothee Chalamet Beautiful Boy or Mahershala Ali for Green Room.  I am leaning more towards Mahershala Ali. 
I would like to see Mahashala Ali win for Green Room. 

I haven't seen all of these films, but I believe Peter Farreily will win for Green Book. 
I am hoping Bradly Cooper will win for A Star is Born

I have not seen all of these films but I have a feeling Alfonso Cuaron for Roma will win. 
I would like to see Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara win for The Favourite. 


I haven't seen all of these films but I believe Mirai will win. 
I hope Incredibles 2 will win. 

I have no clue who will win this category. I have a feeling Roma or Shoplifters will be the winner. I am leaning more towards Shoplifters. 

I haven't seen all of these films, but I pretty certain Mary Poppins Returns will win this category. I would like to see Mary Poppins Returns win this category. 

 I have heard all these songs. I believe Shallow from A Star is Born will win. I would like to see Shallow win too. 

I haven't seen every TV series on this list but I have a feeling The Americans will win. I would like  Bodyguard to win. 

I have seen all of these and I believe  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will win this category. I hope it will win too. 

I haven't seen any of these, but I have a feeling The Alienist will win. 

I haven't seen these shows, but I believe Regina King will win. 

I haven't seen any of these, but I believe Benedict Cumberbatch will win 
 
This one is really tough. I have seen all of these. I believe Elisabeth Moss will win for The Tale Handmaid. I want to see Caitriona Balfe to win for Outlander. 


I have seen a couple of these TV series. I believe Billy Porter will win for Pose. I would like to see Jason Bateman win for Ozark. 

I have seen all of these TV series. I believe Rachel Brosnaham will win for  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. 

I haven't seen all of these TV shows but I believe Michael Douglas will win for The Kominsky Method. I would like to see Jim Carrey win for Kidding. 
 
This is another hard category. I have seen most of these shows. I believe Yvonne Strahovski will win for The Handmaid's Tale. I would like to see Alex Borstein win for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. 

I haven't seen all these shows, but I believe Alan Arkin will win for The Kominsky Method. I would love to see Henry Winkler will win for Barry. 

Who do you think will win? Tune to the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at 8:00pm EST. 




Reaching Your Addicted Loved One by Victor Torres




About the Book

Title: Reaching your Addicted Loved One
Author: Victor Torres
Genre: Self-help | Substance abuse & addictions | Drugs
Release date: January 8, 2019
As a teenager, Victor Torres was a gang warlord and heroin addict on New York City’s violent streets. Through the ministry of David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, Victor had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and came to realize that God had a purpose for his life. Victor has spent the last forty-five years helping tens of thousands of young men and women find freedom from drug addiction and gang life. Now, he answers your toughest questions about your addicted loved one. Without pulling punches or promising easy answers, Victor provides wisdom and expertise that can lead you toward success.
Some of the questions Victor addresses are…


  • How can I know if my loved one has a substance abuse problem?
  • How can I tell the difference between helping and enabling?
  • What if my loved one refuses to get help?
  • When should I call the police?
  • What should we look for in a treatment program?
  • What can I expect when my loved one comes out of treatment?
  • How do I prepare for relapse?

God did not create your loved one to be an addict or a loser. On the contrary, God created him or her for a better life. Although, for the moment, it may seem like you are losing your loved one, they still have a God-given destiny and a purpose. No matter how bad the picture may look now, there is always hope


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Book Review:
Someone who has friends that have suffered from alcoholism this is a very helpful book. Torres gives you hope for your loved one. He also gives you ways to help them and what you might expect will happen.  It is an easy read but full of amazing information. You can tell he has been through it and have done his research.  If you have a friend or you have a loved one suffering get this book. I wish Al-Non would use his book. 

About the Author

Victor Torres was a junkie, drug-pusher, and warlord in Brooklyn’s meanest streets. Since his conversion, he has ministered Christ to thousands. He and his wife Carmen have traveled to over thirty nations preaching the Good News. Their chief undertaking, however, has been New Life for Youth, which began in 1971 in Richmond, Virginia. This growing work is one of the most respected and largest organizations in the country. Today, New Life for Youth has a ranch in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, which is helping an ever increasing number of hurting young men searching for hope, as well as a home for women with drug-related problems called the Mercy House. Their other resources in the Richmond, Virginia, area include House of Hope, a home for recovering men, and Mercy Moms, which serves women and their children. Victor and Carmen are also the founders and pastors of New Life Outreach International, a fast-growing dynamic church in Richmond, Virginia with over forty nationalities worshiping together. In 2017, his story was made into an award-winning major motion picture, Victor.


Guest Post from Victor


New Life Success Steps

  • Pray, pray, and then pray some more. And after that, pray.
  • Have faith enough for the both of you. Have faith enough for the whole family if necessary.
  • Keep fighting for your addicted loved one until they can do battle for themselves.
  • Choose to believe beyond what you can see.
  • Picture their future and believe the vision.
  • Celebrate your loved one’s freedom—dare to believe!

Healing is yours for the taking. Reach out, ask God for help, and then receive it. Never lose hope that your loved one will be healed. My life, and the lives of so many others, is proof that God can even bring the dead back to life.
Your loved one was made for more than this. Don’t give up!

Giveaway: 

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 Blog Stops

The Power of Words, January 2
Reading is My Superpower, January 4 (Interview)
Artistic Nobody, January 6 (Spotlight)
Mary Hake, January 7
Carpe Diem, January 8
Simple Harvest Reads, January 10 (Spotlight)
Bigreadersite, January 12
Margaret Kazmierczak, January 13 (Interview)
Texas Book-aholic, January 14


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Crazy Costs of Spaying a Kitten


Trixie my female kitten is needing to be spayed really soon.  She will be 6 months old in two weeks.  I am trying to decide where I should take her to get it done. My regular vet charges $125 and this includes bloodwork, exam, medication, IV Fluids, overnight stay and the cone of shame.

I thought maybe there might another Vet out there that charges less, but was really surprised at how crazy different the prices are from one vet to another. I was expecting Vets are charging around the same amount, but I was totally wrong.





Here is my research:


  • Northland Animal Hospital charges $90 for a pre-surgery exam + $450 (Surgery, Bloodwork, Overnight stay, Medications) + $61(Micro Chip) 
  • Cascade Animal Hospital - $40 Pre-Exam + $333 Surgery + $41 Microchip
  • Kentwood Animal Hospital $250 Surgery + $61 Microchip
  • Red Barn Animal Hospital $200 Surgery + $40 Microchip 
  • Cat Clinic surprised me the most. I was expecting this one to be the $450 but instead, they were $40 pre-exam +$175 Surgery + $40 Microchip. 


  • C-Snip is the cheapest at $45 for both the microchip and surgery. All of my friends are telling me to take her to C-Snip, but I like how my vet is doing bloodwork and exam before doing the surgery.  
It is extremely important to spay and neuter your pet. It is also important to not declaw your cats.  I still can't believe all the vets asked me if I would like to declaw my kitten. Hell no!! I would never do that. It is basically cutting their fingers off.  That is just plain cruel. If you don't want a pet with claws then don't get a cat. There are little nail toppers that help cats not scratch the furniture. Went on a rant. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Sabotaged Christmas by Carole Brown Book Review







ABOUT THE BOOK

Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions—all because of the mysterious pink notes she's been receiving. Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubling history—but the first man in years who's interested her—is building to a peak. Yet Perrin's own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.

 
Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business may ruin Christmas for Toni's employees as well as her own happiness.

Will a mysterious person succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen? And will this culprit destroy Toni's last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?

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BOOK REVIEW

This is a well-crafted Christian Romance Supsense book. I found this book to be fast-paced and fun to read. Can't wait to read the next installment of the series.  The characters are well thought out, fun and real type characters.  Toni DeLuca is a single, good-looking Christian woman who inherited DeLuca Construction when her father passed away.  Perrin Douglas, a widowed father hired Toni to put an addition onto his home. Their friendship goes further. This causes Toni to question who he really is; is he the person behind the sabotage? Is he the one making people question her and her father's business?  The story was simple but there was a lot of things I didn't expect to happen. There are four books in the “An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery” series and I look forward to reading them. This is book would make a great movie for the Hallmark Mystery Christmas movie channel. 


  
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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Prayer Warrior Confessions by Harriet E. Michael & Shirley Crowder Book Review





 ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Harriet E. Michael and Shirley Crowder
Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living, Inspirational
Release Date: November, 2018
Publisher: Write Integrity Press
Come along with other prayer warriors and read their stories. Some of the stories will make you cry while others will make you laugh. Each story ends with a confession from the writer in which he or she shares an insight about prayer or something new they learned through their experience.
Readers of Prayer Warrior Confessions will learn more about prayer as they enjoy the true and candid stories of other people’s experiences with prayer. They see the stories through the writers’ eyes and glean the insights the writers learned.
True stories of prayer in action that will make you cry, laugh, sigh, smile, and stand amazed.
BOOK REVIEW
I was really surprised with Prayer Warrior Confessions. I thought it was going to be a very preachy book. Instead, it was full of heartwarming stories. There are thirty-seven stories. A lot of personal and missionary stories. Most of the stories I was able to follow along but there were a couple I found hard to follow. All of these stories talked about family, friends, and missionary work. 
Crowder and Micheal through these stories explain that not every prayer is answered in the way you were hoping. It shows you the amazing ways God listen to our prayers and points us in the direction to get our prayers answered. At the end of each chapter, there is a confession.  I would highly recommend this book, especially for a daily devotional or Bible Study. Prayer Warrior Confessions contains real stories from real people.   

Here are some confession examples in the book:
My Confession : There is an old saying, “God
helps those who help themselves.” This may not be
theologically accurate and there are many times
God helps those who cannot help themselves. Often
God expects us to do our part too. With prayer and
effort, much can be accomplished.
~ Nwakuche Emeka ~

My Confession: God’s ways are not our ways.
Sometimes when we are praying for a specific
situation, God has a much bigger plan in mind
which will bear fruit for years to come.
~ Shirley Crowder ~

MEET THE AUTHORS

The authors, Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael are lifelong friends whose parents served as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. Their friendship has spanned across two continents, numerous states, and many, many years. Learn more about them at www.WriteIntegrity.com/authors.

Guest Post from Shirley & Harriet

God writes the best stories … and sometimes we get the privilege of recording them.
Co-writers Harriet E. Michael and Shirley Crowder have a common interest in all things Biblical. Over the past few years they have worked together on a series of books on the topic of prayer. “Prayer Warrior Confessions” is the fourth & final book in that series. It is a book filled with true stories of experiences with and lessons learned about prayer. This collection of true stories was written by various contributors who retell a story from their lives about a time they saw prayers answered, and/or learned a new lesson about prayer. These stories are heartwarming, exciting, sad, funny, and will touch your heart in so many ways while also sharing deeper insights into prayer.
Yes, God creates the best stories & He writes them on the parchment of our lives, teaching us lessons through them.

Blog Stops

A Diva’s Heart, December 19
Just the Write Escape, December 19
Lights in a Dark WorldDecember 20
Bibliophile Reviews, December 22
Mary Hake, December 23
Texas Book-aholic, December 23
Janices book reviews, December 25
Carpe Diem, December 26
Bigreadersite, December 28
margaret kazmierczak, December 29 (Interview)
Reading is my Super Power, December 31 (Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Harriet and Shirley are giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and the whole Prayer Collection set: Prayer It’s Not About You, Study Guide on Prayer–A Companion to Prayer: It’s Not About You, and Glimpses of Prayer, Prayer Warrior Confessions!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stop for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 
Click Here to Enter  (Giveaway Code: d6d1)



Sunday, December 30, 2018

Fate of the Watchman by Chad Pettit Book Review





BOOK REVIEW

Fate of the Watchman is a tale about Luster's life.  He only thinks about himself.  We are taken on his journey of experiencing violence, homelessness, and persecution. All of this leads him to God.  This book reminds a lot like Its a Wonderful Life and  A Christmas Carol.  The beginning was a tad on the slow side and I really wish they gave more character depth, but it did have a great cliffhanger.  Very inspiring and even at time suspenseful. I would recommend this short story series and can't wait to read the next book by Chad Pettit.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time. 

In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.
 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Chad is a Christian fiction author, poet, and English teacher. He was born and raised in Oregon and then spent ten years traveling around the world in the Army as an infantry soldier. His passion for inspiring people to find their best life drives his writing and is a constant thread through works of Biblical fiction and fantasy. He lives in Central Texas with his wife, sons, and a dog that is far too human. 

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Reentry by Peter Cawdron Book Review and Giveaway

SYNOPSIS After almost dying on Mars, astronaut Liz Anderson returns to Earth, but not to a hero’s welcome. America is in turmoil...